“This is how you are to eat it:
with your cloak tucked into your belt,
your sandals on your feet and your staff in your hand.
Eat it in haste; it is the LORD’s Passover”
( Exodus 12:11)
The Israelites obeyed the Lord’s command in Egypt. They painted their doorposts with the blood of lambs and that night ate their first Passover meal. The Lord’s angel went through Egypt that night and the first-born of the land, except for the Israelites, died. Pharaoh summoned Moses and told him to take the Israelites with their flocks and possessions and to leave Egypt – and the nation began to move out.
Some thirteen centuries later Jesus ate the Passover meal with His disciples and instituted what we celebrate as The Lord’s Supper. Like the Israelites He then began His own Exodus. That night after the struggle in Gethsemane He was arrested and the following day died upon the cross.
It is no coincidence that these two events are connected by the same festival. God deliberately linked them to each other to give us a fuller understanding of what He is about and the fact that this is all in terms of His original and only plan and purpose. He continues to work it out in ways that He decided before creation and which to Him are ‘very good.’
He saved His people from bondage in Egypt through the death of the first-born and the blood of the lambs. He saves us from bondage to sin through the death of His Son and His blood as the Lamb of God.
As we see for ourselves these great links between the early and later Scriptures we are reminded of God’s great love and His supreme majesty, power and authority.
How great is our God that He can and does orchestrate these major events and over such time spans.
Lord I stand in awe of such power and authority and the wonder of such a love. I bow down to You in humility and in thankfulness. Amen.